Philippines sues China to assert claim over resource-rich waters

Erik de Castro One day after a Philippine government vessel succesfully ran a Chinese blockade, Manila has challenged Beijing's claims to disputed South China Sea waters at a UN tribunal.

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign peace pact to end 45-year conflict

The Philippines and its largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have signed a final peace pact, ending about 45 years of conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people in the...

Philippines on brink of peace deal with insurgents

Floyd Whaley The Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim insurgency group have worked out the final details of a historic peace agreement that many hope will end more than 40 years of violence in...

Dozens of rebels killed after Philippines peace deal

Philippine soldiers patrol a rice field during a clearing operation rebels in the Maguindanao province.

More than 40 people killed days after a landmark peace deal was struck with the largest Muslim insurgency group in the Philippines.

We're China's Czechoslovakia, says Philippines

Keith Bradsher President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines called on Tuesday for nations around the world to support the Philippines in resisting China's assertive claims to the seas near his country,...

US general criticises Japan, Philippines' anti-China views

Calling for calm: US Air Force General Herbert

Comments by the leaders of Japan and the Philippines drawing parallels between China's growing assertiveness in the region and events in prewar Europe are "not helpful", said the commander of US air...

China boosts typhoon Haiyan aid donation to Philippines after initial sum raises eyebrows

A girl sits as she wait with her relatives to have a chance to board an army cargo plane

Philip Wen China has increased its offer of aid to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines after an embarrassing outcry over its meagre $US100,000 initial donation - but the attention has already turned to the damage...

Typhoon Haiyan slams the Philippines


Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm on Earth this year, approximately 600 kilometres wide, has slammed into the Philippines' central islands forcing millions of people to move to safer ground and...

Rice prices skyrocket as Typhoon Haiyan shreds Philippines economy

Philippines Cain Nunns Cebu The economic cost of typhoon Haiyan to the Philippines is slowly emerging as government inspection teams reach outlying areas, revealing the extent of damage to the rice crop - and with it, commodity...

Super Typhoon Haiyan slams Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan pictured on a NOAA satellite handout image.

Brian K. Sullivan Three people have been killed and seven others hurt as one of the most intense typhoons on record whipped the Philippines, terrifying millions as monster winds tore roofs off buildings and giant...

US aircraft carrier to support Philippines relief efforts

Aircraft carrier USS George Washington

The United States will send the USS George Washington aircraft carrier to support relief efforts in the Philippines, as the US military ramps assistance after a devastating typhoon killed an...

Super typhoon Haiyan: Philippines death toll fears mount as armed looters appear

Survivors in Tacloban city

Lindsay Murdoch The death toll and devastation wrought by super typhoon Haiyan could be far worse than has been revealed so far as efforts to get emergency supplies to the worst hit areas are hampered by armed...

Disease fears as medics overwhelmed in Philippines after typhoon Haiyan

Lindsay Murdoch South-east Asia Correspondent Cebu Authorities fear outbreaks of diseases in areas devastated by super typhoon Haiyan, with the United Nations calling for more urgency in rescue operations that have been hampered by armed looters...

Philippines, US talk troops amid South China Sea tensions

Philippine defence officials

Joel Guinto and Clarissa Batino The Philippines will hold talks with the US on boosting American troop levels there as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to counter southern insurgents and China's push for more influence in the...

Hundreds missing in Cebu, Philippines ferry disaster

An infant child survivor of sunken Philippine ferry

Rescuers in helicopters and boats are desperately searching for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank in the Philippines, with at least 24 already confirmed killed.

7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Philippines


Over 70 people have been killed in a major earthquake which has shaken the Philippines' second biggest city.

Philippines quake toll nearly 100 and set to rise

Residents walk past a collapsed church in the town of Loboc.

Historic churches destroyed as landslides cut off communities on central island.

Philippines peace talks fail

Soldiers of the Philippine Army's Artillery Brigade fire their 105mm Howitzer against the stronghold of the Muslim extremist group, the Abu Sayyaf, who are still holding 27 people hostages Friday, April 28, 2000 in Basilan island in southern Philippines.  The military continuously pound the Abu Sayyaf's lair since last Saturday in an attenpt to rescue the hostages, mostly school children, whom they abducted March 20, 2000.  (AP Photo/Pat Roque)

The Philippines says peace talks with communist rebels have collapsed and a target of ending the decades-long insurgency by 2016 is impossible to achieve.

Taiwan, Philippines row escalates

Taiwan's Coast Guard

Tim Culpan Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou threatened to recall his representative to the Philippines and freeze work applications should its neighbour fail to respond within 72 hours to requests for an apology...

US worried about Taiwan, Philippines tensions

The United States said on Wednesday it is concerned with the increase in tensions between Taiwan and the Philippines over the killing of a fisherman from Taiwan last week and urged them to work their...